It was just before 10 a.m. when a motorcyclist, heading down 10th Street near Q Avenue in Texas Township, Michigan, crashed into a FedEx truck that had pulled into his path. The 36-year-old rider was unable to change his trajectory, and struck the driver’s side of the truck. The biker was later pronounced dead on the scene.
Police reports indicate that the rider was not wearing a helmet.
The FedEx truck, driven by a 34-year-old Kalamazoo woman, was heading northbound on 10th Street. She had stopped at the Q Avenue intersection before proceeding, but did not see the motorcycle. The truck driver was not injured in the accident.
Most accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle are caused by the driver and not the biker. Many drivers involved in motorcycle-related accidents report that the accident occurred because they had not seen the biker. Nonetheless, it is incumbent on cars, trucks and other vehicles to pay attention to their surroundings. Sharing the road with bikes and motorcycles means a higher level of attention and care while driving is required to keep others safe.
The motorcyclist’s family may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit citing negligence on the part of the FedEx driver. She may have been driving distractedly, or may not have taken due care to check her surroundings before crossing the intersection.